December at Cityteam: 6 Easy Ways to Help

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Christmas is just around the corner!  If you have been wanting to celebrate by doing something special for someone in need, we have a few great ways you can do so at Cityteam. We have a list of over 1,000 families and over 2,500 children who can use your help.

1. “Adopt” a Child or multiple children who need toys for Christmas. You will be provided a child’s first name, “wish list” of favorite toys, and clothing sizes to give you a personal connection with the child you are helping. Click here for more details or contact adonahoe@cityteam.org.

2. Collect and Donate Toys and Food. Print out these lists of most requested toys and our most needed food items.Please note the requested deadlines so that your donations do the most good this year.

3. Drop In to one of these great events all over the Delaware Valley.

  • Wednesday, December 2, Dine Out at  Springmill Café in Conshohocken. They are donating a portion of all checks for the evening to Cityteam and we will also be collecting toys. 
  • Friday, December 4, meet up with K-LOVE at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and drop off toys.
  • Sunday, December 6Philadelphia Union Fans 5k & Holiday Family Party toy drop off 8am -12pm. You can still register for the 5k.
  • Thursday, December 10, members of Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Holiday Business After Hours Event at Republic Bank, Media –– with a Cityteam toy collection.
  • Sunday, December 21, Cardinal O’Hara’s annual Family Christmas Mass & Tree Lighting includes a “Shower for Baby Jesus” collection of diapers, wipes and formula for Cityteam’s Mother Baby Program.
  • Wednesday, December 30th Iron Hill Restaurant in Media will donate 20% of Dinner Check to Cityteam w/coupon. 

4. Volunteer at one of our Christmas events. We have something for all ages, so check out the options by clicking here.

5. Donate  financially. Just click here and remember to select “Philadelphia” to keep your gifts local

6. Share this post with your friends and family to help spread the word of all the good you can do to share help and hope with families in need throughout the holidays!

Giving Thanks: 4 Ways You Can Help

2014 thanksgiving food boxes

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have been flooded with questions about how to get involved in serving our community. Check out a few easy ways you can help, there’s something for everyone!

1. Volunteer to deliver food boxes to over 900 families in need of food and Turkeys for Thanksgiving. We will deliver this Saturday, November 21st and we still need drivers.

turkey drop photo2. Listen to the WMGK John DeBella morning show on Tuesday, November 24th and donate turkeys at one of these great Turkey Drop locations  or make an online gift to sponsor the purchase of a turkey.

3. Pray for the individuals and families who have reached out to us for help for Thanksgiving. We are praying that each person on our list would come to know or be reminded of how God loves them.

4. Share our post with your friends to help us spread the word.

Thank you! ~Kwinn

Kwinn

Kwinn Tucker, City Director

Ever wonder how our deliveries work? Check out this great 6abc footage from our archives. (click here)

Spring is Here! Six Ways to Help at Cityteam This Season

Warmer weather is headed our way, at last! If you are looking for ways to get out and make a difference in the lives of people in need, check out our list:

1. Drive. We have an URGENT need for volunteer drivers to help with our daily food pickups. These pickups are the primary resource for our daily food outreach programs. Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday 7:30-11:30am or 12:30-3:30pm. Email us at philadelphia@cityteam.org for more details.

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Randy Conroy, of our Advisory Board serves at Hope Cafe

2. Serve. Gather a group and join us for our newest initiative, Hope Cafe, where our cafeteria becomes a restaurant style dining experience for our guests from the streets. Your team will be our waiters/waitresses, kitchen helpers, bus people and more while serving a delicious served to order meal to our community. Email eyespelkis@cityteam.org to get more information!

3. Pack and Deliver. Easter is one of our favorite holidays at Cityteam, celebrating the hope Jesus has shared with us all. One way we connect with our community during this time is through packing and delivering special holiday food boxes and kids’ Easter baskets. You and your family can get in on the fun by signing up online! (click here)

4. Support. Our seventh annual Angel Event fundraiser for our Mother and Baby program is coming soon on April 18th. This year’s luncheon and silent auction will feature live music and exciting auction items. All proceeds from this fundraiser support the young moms and babies we serve in our community. You can help by buying a ticket, hosting a table or contributing to our auction. Click here for more details, and see one of our favorite testimonials below.

5. Collect. As the weather is changing,  we are in need of outgrown children’s clothing for spring and summer. If you are cleaning out your kids’ closets and have clothing that you would re-use yourself, please consider donating to Cityteam.

6. Share. Help us spread the word to your friends by sharing this blog post.

As always, thanks for reading, praying and making our ministry great by staying involved.

–Kwinn

Kwinn Tucker, City Director

Kwinn Tucker, City Director

“All I Want For Christmas”

“Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there”

Remember Charlie Brown’s Christmas? Watch this little clip here if you don’t. At different points this Christmas, I have felt a little bit like Charlie. In my mind I know that this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but recent events and personal losses of my own–well they are difficult. And sad. And I find it a little confusing balancing these things with the expectations of this season.

I keep finding reassurance, though, in realizing that a world seemingly overtaken by injustice, tragedy and loss is the very reason we celebrate the coming of Jesus. The reasons He came, then, are the very same reasons we still need Him, now. He brings hope, peace, and grace to us. And we still see this hope come to life, even today.

I want to share with you an update of a story I wrote a few months ago. (You can read it here.) Last December, I watched a heroin addicted man I know walk away from Cityteam and into the cold. He was without hope that he could change and I was losing hope that he might have any strength left to try.  Last Christmas, I prayed that he wouldn’t die before he could get the help he needed.

Now, a year later, everything is different. This man celebrated another milestone this month. He has over 9 months clean and he has successfully completed our learning center program and he is one test away from completing his GED. I look at the hopelessness we both felt last Christmas, and I look at what Jesus is doing in this man’s life today and I am inspired. The same Jesus the world needed, then–He is still changing lives, now.

Recently, this man  wrote a paper about what heroin addiction does to a person, one of many papers he wrote during his time in the learning center. And he’s given me permission to share it here, which I am proud to do. The last line moved me, knowing how differently he saw things not that long ago. It reads: “Heroin is a huge downfall in the United States today and we all have to join in the fight against heroin addiction and the war can be won.”

A war that can be won. That is real hope. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”  Thank you, Jesus. Merry Christmas.

Kwinn Tucker, City Director

Kwinn Tucker, City Director

“The intense high the user seeks last only a few minutes. With continued use he/she needs increasing amounts of the drug just to feel normal.”

His research paper about heroin is really informative. Please take a minute and read it by clicking here.

5 Easy Ways to Help During the Holidays

Kwinn Tucker, City Director

Kwinn Tucker, City Director

The holiday season is here. If you have been wanting to celebrate by doing something special for someone in need, we have a few great ways you can at Cityteam. We have a list of over 1,000 families and over 2,500 children who can use your help that brings hope.

1. “Adopt” a Child or multiple children who need toys for Christmas. You will be provided a child’s first name, “wish list” of favorite toys, and clothing sizes to give you a personal connection with the child you are helping. Click here for more details.

2. Collect and Donate Toys and Food.. Print out these lists of most requested toys and our most needed food items.Please note the requested deadlines so that your donations do the most good this year.

3. Volunteer at one of our Thanksgiving or Christmas events. We have something for all ages, so check out the options by clicking here.

4. Donate  financially. Just click here and remember to select “Philadelphia” to keep your gifts local

5. Share this post with your friends and family to help spread the word of all the good you can do to share help and hope with families in need throughout the holidays!